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Department of Commerce Invests in College’s Welding Expansion

A $2 million federal grant from the Economic Development Administration will help Penn College expand its welding facilities and increase the number of students enrolled in welding majors at the college.

The U.S. Department of Commerce has recognized Pennsylvania College of Technology’s vital contribution to the skilled workforce with a $2 million grant earmarked for expanding the college’s Avco-Lycoming Metal Trades Center.

The Economic Development Administration grant, combined with a $3 million match from the college, will approximately double the size of welding instructional space to more than 40,000 square feet and support an additional 60 students annually. There are currently about 350 welding students at Penn College.

“We are honored to be awarded this grant that will facilitate expansion of one of our most popular programs,” said Paul L. Starkey, vice president for academic affairs/provost. “For generations, our welding department has produced graduates essential to the manufacturing workforce. Today, the need for skilled technical workers is acute. The grant ensures that more students will be given the opportunity to earn rewarding careers and fill that void. I’m thankful for the staff and faculty who worked very hard to make the possibility of expansion a reality.”

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Last updated August 15, 2017 | Posted in Faculty & Staff, General Information, Industrial, Computing & Engineering Technologies, Students, Welding | Leave a comment

Workforce Development to Be Showcased During PM Exchange

Workforce development to be showcased at chamber's PM Exchange.

Experience the innovative ways companies are bridging the skills gap during Pennsylvania College of Technology’s Workforce Development PM Exchange from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 21.

Together with the Williamsport/Lycoming Chamber of Commerce, Penn College will celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Center for Business & Workforce Development, 1127 W. Fourth St.

“A great deal has changed in the past decade with new infrastructure, significant technology upgrades and vastly expanded program offerings,” notes Shannon Munro, vice president for workforce development. “Penn College assists companies nationwide to improve competencies in topics such as business, industrial, plastics, computer, energy and health care.”

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Semester Start-Up Fodder for Newswatch 16 Broadcast

WNEP visits campus

Newswatch 16’s Kristina Papa visited campus Monday for a feature on the first day of classes at Penn College. In addition to spending time on the pedestrian mall, she talked with Caleb E. Cartmell, an automotive management technology major and president of the Student Government Association; Craig A. Miller, associate professor of history/political science and chair-elect of College Council; and Keanu N. Koch-Pfirman, a pre-physician assistant student from South Williamsport. Papa’s report aired during that evening’s newscasts.

National Poster Show Exhibited at Penn College

Posters line a wall in The Gallery at Penn College for the National Poster Retrospecticus, on display through Oct. 11.

An internationally traveling poster show that has graced the walls of exciting venues like The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame is on exhibit at The Gallery at Penn College through Oct. 11.

The National Poster Retrospecticus (NPR) features hand-printed posters made by prominent designers from around the world. The display of 100 posters at Pennsylvania College of Technology offers a comprehensive and eclectic mix of posters, including “gig posters” created for musical performances, as well as prints celebrating America’s national parks.

“Our students are very excited, as am I, about the NPR show,” said Nicholas L. Stephenson, graphic design instructor. “Poster shows like this one are important because they articulate both the designer’s personal artistic vision and because they are representative of the times in which they are created. This is a great show for anyone who is interested in design, music and/or art. It’s a rare opportunity to see work close up from some of today’s most important and influential graphic designers and illustrators.”

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A Helpful, Cordial ‘Hello’ to Fall 2017

Campus View RAs can’t contain their excitement!

With their loved ones providing an emotional, 11th-hour nudge toward an exciting and imminent tomorrow – and their new Penn College family sharing the reassuring voice of experience – Fall 2017 students greeted the academic year during traditional Welcome Weekend activities. After checking into their apartments on Saturday (and hitting area stores for those “must-have” items that weren’t on the list), the newest members of the campus community processed into the Rose Street Courtyard to celebrate their official arrival. More activities and acclimation followed, culminating in the start of classes Monday morning.

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Busy Summer Sets Stage for Penn College Fall Sports Seasons

Pennsylvania College of Technology fall sports athletes begin workouts this week in preparation for their openers, and administrators have been busy behind the scenes throughout the summer laying the groundwork for what they hope will be successful seasons – with an added incentive for most teams.

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Penn College Welcomes New Employees

PCToday continues its regular feature – welcoming new full-time and regular part-time Pennsylvania College of Technology employees, as reported by the Human Resources Office.

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Penn College Summer ’17 Grad List Issued

Pennsylvania College of Technology has released its list of graduates for the Summer 2017 semester.

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College Announces Dean’s List for Summer 2017 Semester

Pennsylvania College of Technology has announced its Summer 2017 dean’s list.

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Penn College Announces 2017 Hall of Fame Class

2017 Hall of Fame class announced

Penn College’s Athletics Department has announced its 2017 Hall of Fame class: Zachary M. Plannick, Steven D. Bull, William J. DeAngelo and LeRoy Joiner.

The inductees will enter the Hall of Fame at 6:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 6, in the Thompson Professional Development Center.

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Wildcat Baseball Team on Field Crew for Major League Game

When the St. Louis Cardinals and Pittsburgh Pirates square off Aug. 20 in the MLB Little League Classic, there will be a few familiar faces at the nationally televised event. Approximately 20 Penn College baseball players and head coach Chris Howard will be responsible for the field tarp in case of inclement weather at the ESPN Sunday Night Baseball game.

“I’ve never had a quicker reply to a group text from any team as I did when I asked the guys who wanted to volunteer for this,” Howard recalled. “I had all 20 volunteers well within an hour.”

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Fresh From Weeks of Training, RAs Roll Out ‘Welcome’ Mat

RAs report for duty as Welcome Weekend nearsForty-five Resident Assistants and other members of the Residence Life staff are ready for action! The energetic entourage has been engaged in an intensive two-week training session, learning from campus and community experts, and are eager to greet new students and their families upon their Welcome Weekend arrival. “They are looking forward to students moving in,” said Amie K. Fox, assistant director of residence life/residence education, “and can’t wait to share all of the activities they’re planning (and they really hope there are some chocolate and s’more lovers among our new students)!” First-year students, transfers and adult learners, along with their guests, are invited to join the Welcome Weekend festivities. A number of campus offices – including the Registrar and Bursar/Student Accounts – and The College Store will be open to help take care of last-minute preparations. In addition to social activities, the weekend will offer brief information sessions to help new students make the most of their Penn College experience.

Innovative Thinking, Inclusive Action Vital to Institutional Success

On the cusp of Welcome Weekend and the start of Fall 2017 classes, Pennsylvania College of Technology President Davie Jane Gilmour kicked off the fledgling semester Thursday with an all-college message to faculty and staff. While recapping a busy summer of change and challenge, outreach and optimism, she also championed new and renewed opportunities to transform students’ lives. Alluding to the college’s pledge of a welcoming educational environment, she reminded her audience that those opportunities apply to every student. “We should ensure that all members of our community, no matter their skin color, sexual orientation, gender or disability, can say they are Penn College Proud,” the president said.

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A World Away, Students Make Do … and Make a Difference

Penn College students gather with schoolchildren in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic.

On the steps of a school in Las Terrenas, Santo Domingo, Penn College students join a group of teachers and administrators. The students conducted clinics in four schools in four days at Las Terrenes.

Jenna N. Tippy, a student from Langhorne, outfits a curious child with gloves, glasses and face mask to be her “helper.”

The students provided their young clients with Penn College backpacks, courtesy of the Admissions Office.

Pretty in pink: Instructor Rhonda J. Seebold snapped a photo of students with children whose outfits just happened to be a perfect match to the students’ bright lab jackets. The students were providing sealants.

Students in Penn College’s dental hygiene bachelor’s degree major made a summer stop in the Dominican Republic, where they provided free dental services to between 250 and 300 children in underserved neighborhoods. The students first visited the town of Las Terrenas, on the northeast coast, where they spent four days providing free dental clinics at four schools before traveling south to Santo Domingo, the nation’s capital, to serve a school there. A highlight of the trip happened in Santo Domingo, where the students’ accommodations were within walking distance of the school in which they would establish a clinic. On their way back from the school, with supplies in hand, the students came upon a dirt alley where small children were playing. “Some of the students sort of dropped everything and started playing with them,” said Rhonda J. Seebold, part-time instructor of dental hygiene, who led the study abroad trip. With the help of Seebold’s son, who speaks fluent Spanish, the children’s parents excitedly accepted an offer to provide fluoride treatments to the children, and the students went about setting up a clinic. “Part of what I teach the students is that you make do with what you have,” Seebold said. While in the Dominican Republic, Seebold estimates that the 12 students treated about 75 children a day. The students were enrolled in a summer elective course called International Oral Health Care Experience.
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International Expertise Abounds at Rotomolding Workshop

Matthew Jackson, of Tennant Co., Minneapolis, a participant in a recent Rotational Molding Workshop at Penn College, attaches a radio telemetry system to a rotational mold to measure internal air temperature.

Scores of industry professionals gathered at Pennsylvania College of Technology’s Plastics Innovation & Resource Center this summer for advice about rotational molding from well-versed – and well-traveled – authorities in the field.

A total of 42 participants from 26 companies – representing 16 states, as well as Canada and Mexico – attended the ninth annual Hands-On Rotational Molding Workshop on the college’s main campus in June.

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